Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Only at Target New 2008 Bonus Edition of "Christmas Wish" now includes an additional track !!! "In the Bleak Midwinter" (5:13)
Check your local Target, they're already out!
But again, only in the Christmas decoration department, not with the other holiday CD's in the music department.
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets CD
Elvis' most cherished holiday classics reinterpreted by today's biggest female stars with Elvis Presley! The album features O Come, All Ye Faithful with Olivia Newton-John, 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' with Carrie Underwood, 'Here Comes Santa Claus' with LeAnn Rimes, 'Santa Clause Is Back In Town' with Wynonna Judd 'Silent Night' with Sara Evans, 'White Christmas' with Amy Grant plus Gretchen Wilson, Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, Anne Murray, Martina McBride and three Bonus Tracks.
1. Blue Christmas with Martina McBride
2. I'll Be Home For Christmas with Carrie Underwood
3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) with LeAnn Rimes
4. Santa Clause Is Back In Town with Wynonna Judd
5. Silent Night with Sara Evans
6. White Christmas with Amy Grant
7. Merry Christmas Baby with Gretchen Wilson
8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem with Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town
9. Silver Bells with Anne Murray
10. O Come, All Ye Faithful with Olivia Newton-John
11. The First Noel (2008) Elvis Presley
12. If I Get Home On Christmas Day (2008) Elvis Presley
13. Winter Wonderland (2008) Elvis Presley
Available Now In Stores or at Amazon.com
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Upcoming TV Appearances to promote the Liv Aid
for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Monday, October 6
THE CBS EARLY SHOW (LIVE)
INSIDE EDITION (TAPED AIR DATE TBD)
CNN "Showbiz Tonight"
CNN / CNN.com
Tuesday, October 7
CW 11 MORNING SHOW (LOCAL NYC)
FOX & FRIENDS (LIVE)
THE MORNING SHOW WITH MIKE AND JULIET (LIVE)
THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW (TAPED TO AIR FOLLOWING WEEK)
GREASE ON BROADWAY - LIV AID AUDIENCE GIVEAWAY AND APPEARANCE
Wednesday, October 8
SATELLITE MEDIA TOUR (various TV nationwide - stations and shows TBA)
THE BIG IDEA WITH DONNY DEUTSCH (CNBC) - air date TBD
ENTERTAINMENT TODAY (GREASE ON BROADWAY COVERAGE)
Tuesday, October 21
THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW (taped to air on 10/22)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Olivia makes a statement with her new hubbie"
Good times roll … Todd McKenney and ONJ do a number.
Photo: Marco del Grande
AS MOST of Sydney's big spenders gathered in Darlinghurst to celebrate the launch of a new credit card for David Jones, it was a mostly musical crowd that headed to the State Theatre to see Olivia Newton-John perform with "friends" including Guy Sebastian, Vanessa Amorosi, Christine Anu, Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, Tim Freedman, Todd McKenney, Ian Moss, James Reyne and Melinda Schneider.
Big spenders in the audience at the State included the federal Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, and his wife, Lucy. (SiT was informed they paid in full for their tickets.)
Newton-John walked the red carpet with her new husband, the natural medicines mogul John Easterling.
Spring lovin' ... Guy Sebastian and Olivia Newton-John
rehearse for the Olivia Newton-John and Friends concert.
Picture: Dean Marzolla
By PATRIZIA REIMER
RUMOURS were rife in Byron Bay yesterday that local celebrity Olivia Newton-John was home to celebrate her 60th birthday.
The part-time resident owns a property near Rous Mill and also owns Gaia Retreat and Spa at Brooklet, where it is suggested she held a lavish party for friends last night.
Byron United president Ed Ahern said he had a few friends who were going to the party, but did not want to reveal much more.
"It's on tonight and a couple of my friends are going," he told The Northern Star yesterday. "They are really good friends. One of them is an ex-rock star who is in music production now and he worked on one of her albums here."
Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in England and her family migrated to Australia when she was five.
An international singing sensation whose career was catapulted by the success of the hit musical Grease in 1978, Ms Newton-John, who lives most of the time in the US at Malibu, has experienced more than her share of dramas.
She is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with the disease in 1992, and this year launched Liv Aid, a breast self-examination website.
She divorced her first husband, Matt Lattanzi with whom she had daughter Chloe, now 22, in 1995.
In 2005, the world waited eagerly for news of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who disappeared while on a fishing trip off Los Angeles.
After accepting the disappearance, Ms Newton-John found love again with a man four years younger. The four-time Grammy winner wed Amazon Herb Company founder and millionaire John Easterling on June 21 in a private ceremony in Peru.
Family and friends were told about the nuptials at a barbecue on July 4 in a private celebration at the singer's home in Malibu.
Ms Newton-John is scheduled to perform in Sydney on Tuesday at the State Theatre for a gala charity concert.
All proceeds from the concert go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.
The line-up includes Vanessa Amorosi, Christine Anu, Carl Barron, Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, Trisha Crowe, Chantelle Delaney, Tim Freedman, Mark Gable (The Choirboys), Corinne Grant, Todd McKenney, Ian Moss, James Reyne, Carl Riseley, Melinda Schneider, Guy Sebastian, Axle Whitehead, the Brent Street Dancers and the 25-piece State Symphony Orchestra.
Article from: Northern Star
Friday, September 26, 2008
Olivia Newton-John celebrates 60th birthday today
It may be hard to believe, but the 1974 British Eurovision Song Contest representative has hit the big 60, but it's true. The English-born songstress has had a long and illustrious career and now commits most of her time to fundraising for cancer research.
It's nearly 35 years since Olivia Newton-John took to the stage to represent the UK at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and a lot has happened in her career since then. After her fourth place finish in Brighton that year she began to concentrate on country music and tailored her following albums for release to the large American Country Music market. She had quite some succes in this venture but by towards the latter end of the seventies her following began to wane.
It's well known to most that Newton-John is most famous for her role in the 1978 film "Grease" and this was what lifted her from the doldrums of chart failure. After the film's release she returned to the top of the charts with hit after hit, but this time her music was more pop orientated.
While still presenting some shows for PBS (Australian Broadcaster) and committing herself to other small projects she now focusses on her cancer research fundraising and has been awarded with several honours for her work in that regard.
Interestingly enough, Olivia Newton-John is not the only Eurovision artist celebrating her birthday today. Micha Marah, who represented Belgium in 1979, sets out on her fifty-fifth year and Lenna Kuurmaa (Estonia 2005, member of Suntribe) is the youngest of the three at only 23.
EuroVisionary would like to wish all three ladies a happy birthday and many, many more.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
1976 American Music Awards Medley
In 1976, Olivia newton-John received 3 American Music Awards: Favorite, Female vocalist - Country, 1975. Favorite, Female vocalist - Pop / Rock, 1975. Favorite, Album - Pop / Rock, 1975 (Have You Never Been Mellow). Olivia was a co-presenter for the show and performeda live medley of her greatest hits up that point. Olivia would later go on to win many more American Music Awwards later in her carrer.
Friday, September 19, 2008
A Celebration In Song
"A Celebration in Song" is an ultimate gift—with a portion of global proceeds aimed at Olivia Newton-John's Cancer and Wellness Centre. The artist offers 12 duets with the likes of A-list soul mates Cliff Richard, Barry Gibb, Richard Marx, Keith Urban, lifetime producer John Farrar and pal/songwriter/executive producer Amy Sky. All memorable, though a pair of lesser-known stateside acts are perhaps most inspired: chug-along inspirational anthem "Isn't It Amazing" with Asian dance act Sun and "Right Here With You," Newton-John's duet with Delta Goodrem, who, at an early age, battled cancer like her singing partner. Their anthem anchors the project, and it feels as if ONJ is passing on the pop torch to her protégé. —Chuck Taylor
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Peak Date: 11/21/1981
Peak Position: #1 (10 weeks)
Life imitates art. After Olivia Newton-John took the character Sandy from virginal to vamp in the 1978 film "Grease," the longtime girl-next-door singer rattled pop culture with her 1982 single "Physical"-which was loaded with sexual innuendo (sample lyric: "There's nothing left to talk about unless it's horizontally." Oh, my!) On a more innocent front, the song also became a staple of the ubiquitous aerobics movement of the day. In all, the song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, following previous chart-toppers "I Honestly Love You," "Have You Never Been Mellow," "You're the One That I Want" and "Magic," amid a top 40 run that garnered 27 hits from 1971 to 1985. Grammy voters awarded "Physical" video of the year.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Olivia Newton-John - A Celebration In Song
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Interview with gay ally Olivia Newton-Johnby Michael Shinafelt
Olivia Newton-John is one of the most loved and enduring performers in the world. She is also one of the biggest gay icons ever - who many of us had crushes on and still do.
Whether it is because of her beautiful singing voice, her turns in the beloved films Grease and Xanadu or her activism, there is no one quite like Olivia.
Being a cancer survivor has not slowed Olivia down from any of the above endeavors. She has just released and new album A Celebration in Song featuring duets with some of her talented friends including the hit single and video "Right Here With You" with Delta Goodrem. She also appears on Sordid Lives on Logo (AfterElton.com’s parent company).
AfterElton.com: Congratulations on your marriage.
Olivia Newton-John: Oh, thank you.
AE: I caught your performance at Gay Pride in Los Angeles, CA this year.
ONJ: Oh yeah? I had a really fun time.
AE: You were great, I loved the show! Gay Pride LA was your only U.S. concert date for 2008, why did you choose to do only the festival?
ONJ: They asked me and I wanted to do one thing only this year as I am not touring right now. It was perfect timing and it was so much fun.
AE: Do you remember when you first realized you were a gay icon?
ONJ: I really don’t know, I don’t think about being an icon really. The gay fans have always been very loyal, there are a really great audience and have always been there for me.
AE: On your 1988 album The Rumor you recorded the first safe sex song by a mainstream artist, "Love and Let Live." AIDS hysteria was rampant at the time, did you receive any backlash for recording the song?
ONJ: Not at all, I’ve only ever gotten encouragement. I have never received any backlash, why would anyone do that? That would be a horrible thing.
AE: It took a lot of courage for you to do that at a time when everyone was so afraid of something that unknown.
ONJ: That was the very reason to do the song.
AE: Good for you! Did you ever see the stage production of Xanadu?
ONJ: I was there opening night.
AE: What did you think?
ONJ: I loved it, I thought it was wonderful.
AE: It’s one of my favorite movies; did you ever think it would become as beloved as it did?
ONJ: Oh no, I was embarrassed by it. I love the music, but the script wasn’t very good, it was not well received upon release, but people enjoyed it and it attained a different kind of status after that.
AE: What are your thoughts on it now after your initial reaction?
ONJ: Now I think it’s a hoot, and I got to dance with Gene Kelly, how amazing is that?!
AE: How was meeting Kathy Griffin at Sydney Mardi Gras in Australia?
ONJ: She and Carson Kressley were staying in the same hotel I was and my publicist said Kathy would like you to do her show (My Life on the D-List). I thought well that could be funny because I have never met her, if you can imagine, and she’s something! [Laughing] you really have no idea what she is going to say, I think I survived OK. [laughing]
AE: Do you ever think they will legalize gay marriage in Australia?
ONJ: I am sure they will, when they do everywhere else. Australia is pretty cutting edge.
AE: I have a confession, as a teenage boy you were my “girl crush”.
ONJ: Awwwwwwwww. [laughs]
AE: Margaret Cho and I chatted about how we both had the lyrics to your album Totally Hot memorized.
ONJ: Oh, that’s so cute. [laughs]
AE: Speaking of which the two of you did Randal Kleiser’s film It’s My Party together.
ONJ: It was so great to work with Randal again, and it was the first time I had a serious role. The film was pretty heavy, and I really wanted to be a part of it. I love Randal and there were some really great actors in it.
AE: Let’s talk about your current CD A Celebration in Song and the single off of it, "Right Here With You" w/Delta Goodrem.
ONJ: Delta is so wonderful we wrote that song with Amy Sky. We were walking The Great Wall of China for my Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Northern Australia, which is a cancer hospital that I am putting my name to. So we did a three week journey to The Great Wall of China I had a lot of guests that joined me, Didi Conn, Joan Rivers and Leeza Gibbons came, a bunch of celebrities from around the world joined me for part of the walk. We would get to these difficult parts of the wall where we would be struggling and all start singing to each other, “Don’t give up, here I am.”
AE: The video and song are really great they really illustrate what is going on in the moment.
ONJ: Thank you, this project means a lot to me.
AE: One quick last question, why do you think gay guys like Xanadu?
ONJ: Maybe because it’s camp, I don’t know, you tell me! [laughs]
AE: It makes me smile.
ONJ: There you go. [laughs]
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Olivia Weds John Easterling
(A.K.A. "Amazon John") Owner and Founder of The Amazon Herb Company
Four-time Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John wed Amazon Herb Company founder John Easterling, (a.k.a. “Amazon John”), June 21, 2008.
Newton-John (59) and Easterling (56) exchanged their vows in a private ceremony outside of Peru, South America, followed by a ceremony on Jupiter Island, Florida, the following week. This is a second marriage for both Newton-John and Easterling.
Family and friends were told about the nuptials at a barbeque on July 4, 2008, in a private celebration at the singer’s home in Malibu, California.
Olivia Newton-John & Friends Gala Charity ConcertState Theatre, Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Tue 30 Sep 2008, 08:00 PM
Strictly no standing or dancing is permitted in the Mezzanine and Dress Circle.
Good Music Month at the State Theatre will culminate in a very special Gala charity concert when Australian music legend Olivia Newton-John will be joined by some very special guests to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
After her extraordinary fundraising efforts earlier this year when Olivia and her supporters walked the Great Wall of China, this special event will continue in their footsteps and raise the roof of the State Theatre for a very special night of music and song.
Full line-up of artists to be announced.
A limited number of Premium tickets are available, which include a post-performance function with the artists.
For Tickets and mor information please visit: ticketmaster
Olivia On Today Show NBC
DVR Alert: Today Show on NBC
Tuesday July 15th, 2008
Set your DVR's as Olivia will appear to talk about the Sordid Lives TV series, which premieres later that evening in NYC.
Subject to change.
ET breaks news that Olivia Newton-John has married businessman John Easterling, 56. The pair had two ceremonies. The first was in Cuzco, Peru on June 21 and the second, a civil ceremony, took place in Jupiter, Florida on June 30th.
John's friend performed the civil ceremony, which was only attended by Olivia and John.
The two began dating last year. This is the second marriage for both Olivia and John, whose nickname is "Amazon John." He is the CEO of Amazon Herb Company.Tune in to ET tonight for all the breaking wedding details!
This has not yet been confirmed by Olivia or her management
More information will be added as the story unfolds. So check back often.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Olivia on Kathy Griffin show on Bravo
Olivia will appear on this Thursday, June 26th episode of Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-list" on Bravo. The episode of Kathy, Olivia and Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was filmed while Olivia was in Sydney for Mardi Gras in February 2008.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song, a twelve song recording featuring duets with friends and international superstars Sir Cliff Richard, Barry Gibb, Keith Urban, John Farrar, Melinda Schnieder, Delta Goodrem, Richard Marx, Sun, Jann Arden, Amy Sky and RyanDan, will be released in stores in the U.S.A. and Canada on July 29, 2008, on EMI. Proceeds to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
Friday, June 20, 2008
USA, 2008, 48 Minute Running Time
Program: Sneak Preview
DIRECTOR: Del Shores
If George Lucas can tell us the ending of his story before the beginning, then why can’t Del Shores? Shores wrote his play Sordid Lives in 1995 and turned it into a movie in 2000. Now, à la Star Wars, he’s back to tell us how it all started, in a new TV series premiering on LOGO that is a prequel to the play and the film.
The series provides the backstory for the members of an eccentric Texas family, including the institutionalized drag queen Brother Boy, a closeted gay grandson and various other zanies. According to Shores, his goal was to “take the characters...and explore their lives and worlds in a very soap-opera style.”
The result is a southern-fried comedy featuring return performances by many members of the original cast, including: Olivia Newton-John, who will perform five new songs; Beth Grant as the chain-smoking Sissy; and Bonnie Bedelia as the controlling, high-strung Latrelle. The show also stars Rue McClanahan (“Golden Girls,” “Maude”), Caroline Rhea, Jason Dottley and Margaret Cho. Best of all, Leslie Jordan is set to guest star in several episodes, reprising his role as the easily confused Brother Boy, who channels Tammy Wynette (played by Wynette’s daughter, Georgette Jones).
The series makes its debut on LOGO on July 23, but Frameline32 gives you an early sneak preview of two hilarious episodes, along with a special appearance by Shores and members of his cast.
Olivia will be attending the premiere of "Sordid Lives" in NYC on July 15th. She will be giving a special message about The Trevor Project and we will be showing the first two episodes, as well as the two promos that feature "Slow Burn" and "None Of My Business" as well as never seen clips from the show, a few that feature Olivia. There is an after party with the cast and it's going to be a really fun night.
Here is the link for all the information
Tickets aren't on sale to the public yet, so her fans can get first dibs!
Thanks to Del Shores for the information!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Worldwide Release July 15
The CD will have a worldwide release on July 15. That release will have a photo of Olivia on the front cover, I am told. Olivia recently called the ONJCCA to say she "is keen to ramp up any promotion we can of the album" so it is happy that Only Olivia is continuing to help promote it in any way we can. From a press release:
“A Celebration in Song – Olivia Newton-John and Friends” will be available worldwide from July 15 through EMI records.
Poster created to promote the CD within Australia shown below
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By Caroline Ryder
Olivia Newton John wasn’t on roller skates when she opened her gay pride set with the theme from Xanadu -- but her crowd was definitely in a spin. “I’m proud to be here,” she yelled, shimmying around the stage, wearing a slick tuxedo suit and black sequined vest, looking like Madonna’s slightly older, friendlier sister.
Olivia Newton John kept a low profile after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, in the same week her father passed away. Subsequent financial woes and separation from her husband kept her out of the limelight for a stretch. But she’s been increasingly visible, playing Sydney Mardi Gras in February and recently returning from a fund-raising walk along the Great Wall of China, trudging 200 kilometers in 21 days to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Breast Cancer Center in Australia.
Her closing night Gay Pride L.A. show came ahead of the June 24 DVD rerelease of Xanadu and the July 23 launch of Logo’s Sordid Lives series in which she stars. Based on Del Shores’s 1996 play and 2000 film, the series brings us Newton-John as a mulleted, ex-con bar singer named Bitsy Mae Harling.
There were no mullets (onstage, at least) on Sunday -- just classic pop hit after classic pop hit, with Newton-John performing four songs from her two most beloved movies: Xanadu and Grease. When she launched into “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” a thousand queer voices rose in the air in a collective “But, now -- there’s nowhere to hide, since you pushed my love aside!” and when she donned a cropped leather biker jacket for “You’re the One That I Want,” West Hollywood knew all the words, roaring the immortal “You better shape up, cause I need a man … who can keep me satisfied!”
Newton-John, who splits her time between Los Angeles, Australia, and Florida, showed off some rather impressive aerobics moves during “Physical” and encouraged the audience to chime in “it’s a bitch” during her rendition of the Sordid Lives theme song.
Statuesque blond Australian singer Delta Goodrem (also a cancer survivor) stepped onto the stage for a syrupy duet, and Newton-John wiped tears from her eyes after performing the title track from her most recent album, the spiritually inspired Grace and Gratitude.
After performing an a cappella encore, she retreated backstage to the tents and kept smiling for a good half hour while dozens of well-wishers -- including drag queen and Pride MC Momma and a young man in a wheelchair wearing an “Olivia” T-shirt -- lined up to get their photos taken with the star.
I found my way up to the legend and congratulated her on the show, mentioning the Xanadu DVD rerelease this month. “It’s being rereleased?” she said, blue eyes widening. “That’s great. I had no idea! You know, when we filmed Xanadu, I had no idea it would ever be this big. It was difficult to film and certainly wasn’t a critical hit when it first came out.”
Why was it difficult to film?
“Well, the script left a lot to be desired. It was being rewritten every day during shooting, and the director (Robert Greenwald) wasn’t someone who loved music. He even said that. The street dancing [choreographed by Kenny Ortega] was incredible, however. Way ahead of its time.”
I asked her why she thinks gay people connect so strongly with her, and she laughed. “I don’t know! Because I’m still around?” She talked about a group of gay fans who follow her to every single show she plays around the world. “They’re so loyal!”
Maybe they love her because she’s a survivor, I venture? “I’m not a survivor … I’m a thriver,” she said. So how did she cope when, 15 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same week her father died? She wasn’t even able to attend her father’s funeral because she had to have surgery. “I compartmentalized,” she shrugged. “I had to put my father’s death in a drawer because I couldn’t cope with that and the breast cancer at the same time. So I don’t think I properly mourned him for a quite a while. It really was a stressful time.”
We didn’t discuss her daughter’s anorexia and the disappearance of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott (who, according to an Australian tabloid, was recently sighted in Mexico).
Instead, I closed with a question that has been on my mind for many, many years -- did Sandy go all the way with Danny, after flying up in to the clouds with him in Greased Lightning?
“Actually, we didn’t go very far,” replied Newton-John, matter-of-factly.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
L.A. Pride Festival
June 8th, 2008
Here are some photos of Olivia at the L.A. Pride Festival on Sunday June, 8th 2008. If anyone has more pics or good video please send them to me. Thanks Enjoy!
**Special Thanks to Andrew for finding the pics for me. Thank You Andrew.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
MAKING A GOOD THING BETTER
As if L.A. Pride isn’t exciting enough, Olivia Newton-John will make her first performance as the festival’s entertainment headliner. The singer/actress discusses her upcoming performance, recent projects, and her gay icon status.
BY JEREMY KINSER
Whether gays and lesbians see Olivia Newton-John’s trans-formation from squeaky clean to liberated Sandy in the blockbuster film version of Grease as a parallel to their own coming out is a matter of conjecture, but there are few among us who won’t confess to having had a crush on the singer at some point during adolescence. Newton-John was already an engaging and ubiquitous presence on the pop charts and the small screen when her starring role in Grease catapulted her to superstar status. Her follow-up film Xanadu, while not a critical or commercial success, has since attracted a devoted cult following and its title song has become a gay anthem. In the years since, Newton-John has had numerous other career triumphs including her megahit “Physical” and a starring role in yet another cult film Sordid Lives and survived a well-documented battle with breast cancer. Not one to rest on her laurels, Newton-John recently completed a three-week walk across the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the cancer and wellness center that bears her name and will release a new CD next month. As if this isn’t enough, the thrush will dust off her acting chops when she reprises her role as the country-singing lesbian ex-con Bitsy Mae Harling for Sordid Lives: The Series premiering July 23 on Logo. Oh, yes, and she’s headlining L.A.’s Pride festival on June 8.
FRONTIERS: Olivia, you generate more goodwill than practically any other female entertainer I can name. What do you think it is about you that so many people relate to and appreciate?
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: That's very sweet, thank you! I really just try to do as much as I can to help others and the world we live in. I am a true believer that if you put positive energy out into the world we can all make a difference.
Are your gay American fans
more rabid than those in your native Australia?
I think gay men, no matter where they are from, are some of the most loyal fans any artist can have and I feel lucky to have so many.
We’re also very excited that you’re part of the new Sordid Lives series. Your public image is very clean and wholesome. What do you draw upon to play Bitsy Mae Harling, a trashy ex-con lesbian?
funny, some of the biggest hits in my career have been the result of taking chances that made me very nervous. For example, when "Physical" came out I was very nervous that my fans would think it was too risqué and it wouldn't sit well with them. That went on to be probably my biggest hit. Having the opportunity to play Bitsy was so much fun because she is so different from who I am in my normal life. Del Shores is brilliant when it comes to creating characters that have both humor and heart. As a director he really gave me the freedom to make the most of Bitsy and her "sordid" past. I think of her as Sandy 2 from Grease gone really wrong! [Laughs]
Your film Grease was a huge hit, and your next one Xanadu wasn’t, yet both have endured and you’re still talking about them nearly 30 years later. What do you see as the continued appeal of each film?
I think both films share one thing in common—great music and dancing. For Grease, the chemistry we had as a cast was something extraordinary and everything just seemed to come together. The story is also timeless and with every year—I can't believe it has been 30 years since that film was released—there is a new generation of fans discovering the movie for the first time. As for Xanadu, again, the music was and is fantastic and I truly believe the film was ahead of its time. Kenny Ortega was our choreographer and even back in 1980 when that film was released, he incorporated street dancers, skaters, and all types of dance elements that were so ahead of their time. I also think the costumes and fantasy element of the movie helped to make it such a campy, cult film. For some reason the gay community really connects with Xanadu!
Every few years there’s a rumor that you will reunite with John Travolta for a Grease sequel. Will this ever happen?
There has been talk of that for many years and for as much fun as it would probably be to make, I think the time has passed for a Grease sequel. It is very difficult to have magic like that happen twice. Now, I am not saying I wouldn’t if the right opportunity came along. He is a wonderful actor, extremely talented, and a close friend.
What did you think of the stage version of Xanadu, which gave you a gentle ribbing?
I was at the show on opening night and had the best time. I laughed so hard because the girl playing Kira (Kerry Butler) really got all of my mannerisms from the movie down to my hand gestures and roller skating. I think everyone will enjoy the Broadway version because it is total camp and a send up of not only the movie but, of the ’80s in general. I think gay audiences will really love it because of the great music and who doesn't love a show that has a finale with dozens of disco balls hanging over the stage! [Laughs] I am very excited that the show just got nominated for a bunch of Tony Awards including Best Musical. They so deserve it!
Peter Allen wrote one of your biggest hits “I Honestly Love You.” How instrumental were other gays and lesbians in your career?
I just thought of Peter as a person [Laughs], but he was very instrumental. There’s Del Shores, who I’m working with now. There were probably a lot of gays and lesbians I worked with, but I wasn’t aware of it because it wasn’t until recently that people have been so open about their sexuality. I think it’s a wonderful thing that people can now be who they are. I had a wonderful bus driver on my last tour. He was a charming, delightful man who took incredible care of me. I didn’t really know about his sexual orientation and he later committed suicide because of it. That really touched me in a profound way. He eventually opened up to me, but couldn’t talk to his family about it. It was too much for him in the end. It made me realize that no one should be ashamed of who they are. Everyone should have the right to be who they are and be happy.
Any chance you'll do your loyal gay fans a solid and record a dance album?
[Laughs] Oh, that’s very interesting. I did some tracks with my nephew, but it was just for fun actually. He asked me to record some demos for him. One is called “Best of My Love.“ It’s just a fun thing we recorded in a hotel once, but we heard it’s a hit in Europe.
Why do you think you are such an icon to the gay community?
Probably because I’m still around. [Laughs]
You've survived cancer and many other hardships and you're an inspiration to so many people. What advice do you have for people facing similar obstacles?
Try to keep a positive attitude as much as you can. There’s no way to avoid going through difficulty, it’s just the way we handle it. Not to say it hasn’t been hard but in the end I always believed I’d be all right. I believe in getting good professional help. I got the best doctor’s advice and I saw a good therapist. I think the therapist was incredibly important to keep the mind focused and sort out things. I had good friends and tried to do things for myself to keep balanced but always [believed] deep down that I’d make it through—that this was just part of the big picture.
You recently completed a three-week-long walk across the Great Wall of China to raise millions of dollars for your cancer and wellness center. What were the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of this trek?
The Great Walk To Beijing was a life-changing experience. I led a team of fellow cancer "thrivers," Olympians and celebrities on a three-week trek across various sections of the Great Wall of China and people from around the world could log on to the Web site (www.GreatWalkTo Beijing.com) to sponsor our steps. We had some fantastic people with us including Leeza Gibbons, Sir Cliff Richard, Dannii Minogue, and even Joan Rivers. The walk was a fundraising effort for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCC) in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia, which will also include a branch of the esteemed Ludwig Institute, an internationally acclaimed research facility based in New York. Our goal for the walk was $5 million and we fell short of that, so we are still hoping that people will support the effort to help create the ONJCC so we can find new ways of treating cancer. I am thrilled that the facility will include the Wellness Centre that will treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. So, my fans can still log on to the Web site and help support the effort. I am also about to release a CD that was inspired by the Great Walk To Beijing titled Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song. The proceeds will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
Olivia Newton-John will perform at Christopher Street West on Sunday, June 8 at 8:35 p.m. For more information, visit www.olivianewton-john.com.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
She's the one that we want!
That's right...the one and only Olivia Newton-John (Grease, Xanadu) is about to sing some of her most popular songs for hundreds of her biggest and gayest fans at this year's Christopher Street West/Los Angeles Pride celebration, which will be held in the City of West Hollywood, June 6-8, 2008!
If everything is on time, she's supposed to go on at 8:35 but there could be changes to the schedule. At this time, she's going on after Kimberly Locke...
Just to be safe, if people are planning on going, I'd get there a little early...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
A Celebration In Song:
Olivia Newton-John and Friends
Olivia's new CD will be available in Australia May 3rd.
US and International release details to follow.
Track List:1. "Right Here With You"- Olivia Newton-John and Delta Goodrem
2. “Find a Little Faith” - Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard
3. “Courageous” - Olivia Newton-John and Melinda Schneider
4. “The Heart Knows” - Olivia Newton-John and Barry Gibb
5. “Everything Love Is”- Olivia Newton-John and Jimmy Barnes
6. “Isn’t It Amazing” - Olivia Newton-John and Sun Ho
7. “Never Far Away” Olivia Newton-John and Richard Marx
8. “Sunburned Country” - Olivia Newton-John and Keith Urban
9. “Reckless” - Olivia Newton-John and John Farrar
10. “The Water Is Wide” -Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky and Ryandan
11. “Angel in the Wings” - Olivia Newton and Jann Arden
12. “Beautiful Thing” - Belinda Emmett
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Sunday, April 13, 2008
I'm not sure if this is the official video of Olivia and Delta's new duet but it does feature the complete song. I hope you enjoy it. The song will be featured on Olivia's upcoming CD "Olivia Newton-John & Friends" "The Great Walk To Beijing A Celebration In Song"
Please Support Olivia's Great Walk To beijing - Sponsor steps and help change the way cancer is treated throughout the world. Visit: The Official Great Walk To Beijing Site.
Olivia Newton-John & Delta Goodrem
"Right Here With You"
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Step into the magical world of Xanadu, the dazzling musical spectacular starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, in an all-new Magical Music Edition DVD. When an enchanting muse is sent from heaven to help a struggling artist open a roller-disco, a love story ensues that you need to see to believe! This out-of-this world fantasy features an incredible soundtrack by Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra including songs like "Xanadu", "Magic", "Suddenly", 'I'm Alive' and "All Over the World." Experience Xanadu like never before with all-new bonus features, a digitally remastered picture and a new 5.1 audio track plus a bonus music CD of the complete soundtrack!
Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Lelly
Released: 24th June 2008
Xanadu (Magical Musical Edition)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Olivia is walking 200 kilometres along the Great Wall of China, up 40 degree gradients, across mountain ranges and through dust storms of the Gobi Desert. Why?
Her journey started 15 years ago, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
That life-changing experience gave her true understanding and compassion for others going through the same ordeal. She wishes to help them along the way.This walk on the Great Wall will raise money and awareness for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne. Yes, "Only Olivia" has held fund raisers for this centre in past years, but this one is different! Joining Olivia along the walk will be celebrities from the worlds of television, movies, music, and sports. Each celebrity is asking his or her fans to "sponsor their steps", donate money for every step along the way. We have a great opportunity to show Olivia and the world how much we admire her efforts to raise cancer awareness and to build a place where patients receive medical treatment as well as spiritual and emotional support. The Photos are from the start of the Great Walk On April 6 2008.